Caribbean cool struts its stuff
The Caribbean is all about sounds, sights, colour and movement. In many respects, it's a lot like the Sevens. Considering the party the new team on the block were given this week, you'd think there were hordes of them here, yet there's only a community of 30 - seven from Guyana - living in Hong Kong.
Nicole Quan Kep, who hails from Trinidad and Tobago, said: 'The Guyanese team could not believe the party we put on for them this week. They were joined by Uruguay and the highlight was the team fashion show and a dance-off between the teams.'
Quan Kep says the Caribbean is one big cultural melting pot, a hotch-potch of nations who all support each other. 'We call the team 'our boys', that's honestly how we think of them. We take immense pride in them.'
The path to the Sevens was a huge struggle for Guyana. 'Many don't realise how difficult it is,' Quan Kep says. 'The president of the Guyana Rugby Football Union, Kit Nascimento, was so touched we turned our event into a fundraiser. We wanted to create an opportunity for the team to 'give back' and they responded with such enthusiasm, even I was moved.'
Guyana is a large country with a small population that punched above its weight to get here. With cricket the national sport, only a minority play rugby. As a result, the team struggle for financial support. Recognising this, Quan Kep and another Guyanese, David Sarju, joined forces with Fabian Amoruso, Monisha Daryanani, April Feng and Will Bedoucha to organise the 'party of the season'.